Post-mortem report says BJP worker killed self, party claims Purulia cops shielding Trinamool
The death of two BJP workers in Purlia district of West Bengal over the past three days also triggered mudslinging between saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress with the former threatening to move to the court demanding Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.Updated: Jun 03, 2018 21:16 IST
The BJP has rubbished a post-mortem report cited by the police which said that a party worked found hanging from a power pylon in Balarampur in Purulia district of West Bengal Saturday morning had committed suicide and has demanded a CBI probe.
The death of two BJP workers in Purulia district of West Bengal over the past three days also triggered mudslinging between saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress with the former threatening to move to the court demanding Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.
The state government already ordered a criminal investigation department enquiry in the matter.
Purulia’s new police superintendent, Akash Magharia said that the post-mortem report concluded that Dulal committed suicide. “Dulal’s body was traced on Saturday hanging from a high-tension electrical post. Today we have received the report which states the reason of the death as suicide. But further investigations are on,” Magharia said.
Rubbishing Magharia’s claims that the reason of Dulal’s death was suicide, BJP’s state general secretary, Sayantan Basu said that the police are trying to shield the murderers associated with Trinamool Congress and hence they are bringing forward the suicide theory.
“We have decided to move to the court and demand a CBI enquiry in the matter. State government’s order for CID enquiry is nothing but farce since CID will take the same line of shielding the ruling party,” Basu told media persons on Sunday.
Actress-turned-politician and BJP leader, Locket Chatterjee said that provocative statements by Trinamool MP and chief minister, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee to ensure a zero- opposition panchayat at Purulia was responsible for the two consecutive murders of BJP workers. “In my opinion, Abhishek Banerjee should be arrested for making such provocative statements,” she said.
However, Trinamool’s Purulia district president and state minister for self help group and self employment, Shantiram Mahato claimed that doing politics of murder and violence is not the culture of Trinamool. “Chief minister has already ordered a CID enquiry and the deaths will be probed extensively. The post mortem report suggests Dulal’s death as suicide. It is BJP which is doing dirty politics over deaths,” Mahato said.
Earlier on May 30, the body of another BJP worker, Trilochan Mahato, 18, was found hanging from a tree at Balarampur. A note, “Punishment for being with BJP,” was written on Mahato’s T- shirt.
A 12- hour strike called by the BJP in Purulia was total at Balarampur. Response was mixed in other parts of the district.
In the recently concluded three- tier panchayat polls in Bengal, BJP candidates won in several gram panchayat and panchayat samiti seats in Purulia. “The killing of two BJP workers is a result of the fear of Trinamool Congress because of our good results in the district in the panchayat polls,” said BJP state president, Dilip Ghosh.
First Published: Jun 03, 2018 16:06 IST